We highly recommend the books below to support our 2016 Agreed Syllabus; please order them direct from the publishers.

Barnabas interviewed Sue about the teaching of Christianity:

https://www.brf.org.uk/updates/helping-grow-confidence-teaching-christianity

RE in the classroom with 4-5s – Barnabas

RE Teacher’s Survival Guide – Barnabas

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RE: The Teacher’s Guide – RE Today

RE and British Values – RE Today

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We’d like to encourage you to share your experience of good resources for RE lessons.

Have you resources you can recommend for use in our units of learning?

Have you resources you’d to lend to other schools in return for something else?

 Please let us know of your own discoveries for the RE classroom…

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Want resources that tie RE and PSHE in with other curriculum areas?

Stewart Henderson’s book Poetry Emotion is brilliant!  It is an excellent stimulus for pupils writing on a variety of themes.  His poem ‘A shark of many names’ under the theme ‘Whose world?’ may stimulate class offerings for a theme of ‘Water’.  Sue Holmes has a copy if you wish to borrow it.

National Poetry Day takes place each October.

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Download useful documents to add to your RE folder:

APPG for RE – Improving Religious Literacy – a contribution to the debate 2016

The Interminable Conversation – Julian Stern – launch of our new RE syllabus Mar16

REforREal Dec15

Living with Difference Dec15

RE in schools (England) – House of Commons Briefing paper Nov15

A-New-Settlement-for-Religion-and-Belief-in-schools Jun15

Ofsted report on RE: RE – realising the potential Oct13

RE Council (REC) report: RE_Review Oct13

RE briefing paper – primary governors

RE briefing paper – secondary governors

Encourage your local MP to join the APPG: SAMPLE LETTER TO YOUR LOCAL MP

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TrueTube abducts RE lessons with new film series 

Abduction is a series of six short films has been created to introduce the basic beliefs and practices of the major religions.  In an increasingly multicultural world, it is more important than ever for students to learn about the various religions, and to understand how different beliefs affect the lives of others.  Each of the Abduction films focuses on a different religion; the series covers Buddhism Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.

The premise is that an alien survey ship, Pantheon, is orbiting the Earth and kidnapping people one by one to interrogate them about their particular beliefs. The videos present a very broad outline and display key words to provide students with a starting point, from which they can explore the religion in more depth.

Stuart Porter, Innovation & Development Director, TrueTube comments, “The study of different religions and their beliefs is still extremely important, but rather than bombarding students with information, we’ve ensured that each of the Abduction films provides just a quick and fun introduction – enough detail, but not too much that they’ll lose interest!  They’re perfect for young people who don’t have any knowledge about other faiths, or for those looking to refresh what they’ve previously studied.”

The six Abduction films are available for FREE download from the TrueTube website:

http://www.truetube.co.uk 

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FRIENDS & HEROES – has anyone tried this series of animated adventures with Bible stories?  The series may be useful for the Spring Term unit 4.2 Saints and Heroes.  If you know anything about this series, Riverside School would like to hear from you!

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EYFS – planning material for RE

Books @ Press offers support material that references all areas of the Early Learning Goals and specifically supports the section People and Communities found within Understanding of the World.  This section specifies that children should know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.”

Checkout the resources

These enable children to explore similarities and differences between themselves, others, families, communities and traditions to support the EYFS requirement, and the material links with a wealth of cross-curricular activities with the EYFS curriculum.

Go to www.booksatpress.co.uk for other free resources in the teachers’ downloads section:

  • Free electronic resources for pupils to explore the church and mosque.
  • A Wet and Windy Harvest for Puddles is a must for all teachers and will provide a wealth of cross-curricular activities that children enjoy.
  • A Minibeast Topic Web for EYFS, useful for all, but based on The Tiny Ants, a Muslim story.
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